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Bay Area plots Googlebus tax after local residents riot

San Francisco officials have announced an 18-month pilot plan to tax tech company buses, after numerous protests by locals against the luxurious Silicon Valley worker wagons. The scheme was announced on Monday and means that companies like Google, Genentech, Apple, and others will start paying local officials for the use of …
Jack Clark, 06 Jan 2014
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Uber kindly agrees not to price gouge during disasters

Taxi-killing car service Uber has struck a deal with New York State officials to prevent runaway service charges. State Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman said that the company had agreed to impose a cap on ride prices in the event of an emergency. Because Uber uses a sliding scale based on demand for its service, a natural …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jul 2014
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Fares fair, says New York: Lyft finally gets in gear for the Big Apple

Ride-sharing service Lyft has agreed to a deal with New York officials to allow the company to open shop in New York City. The company said that as of 7pm local time on Friday it would launch in Brooklyn and Queens, two weeks after a last-minute legal threat from the state Attorney General forced the company to hit the brakes …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jul 2014

FCC boss threatens to BRING WRATH DOWN on states that limit broadband competition

The head of the US Federal Communications Commission has threatened to take action against states that limit the ability of cities to build their own broadband networks. Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the commission is prepared to overrule state laws that would restrict cities from deploying community-funded broadband networks …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jun 2014
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Google teases more cities with bonkers-fast fiber broadband rollouts

Google has named nine areas in the US that could be added to its high-speed fiber internet connection service. The ad giant said that the new markets will be considered for broadband rollouts this year, with final decisions to be taken at the end of 2014. The nine candidates include the cities of Charlotte, NC; Nashville, TN; …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2014
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Europe floats DIRTY ORE plan, rights groups scoff: It's VOLUNTARY?

The European Commission has released a draft for a programme to regulate the use of conflict materials. The EC said that its plan includes measures which would seek to restrict groups from trading in valuable minerals in order to fund armed conflicts. The package would bring a certification which would require importers in the …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2014
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Supreme Court sides with FCC in NIMBY wireless tower spat

The US Supreme Court has sided with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that local governments must act within a "reasonable period" – as defined by the FCC – to approve or deny requests by telcos to build new wireless towers. The ruling upholds an earlier decision by the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which …
Neil McAllister, 20 May 2013

Intel bakes super-snooper to stop industrial espionage

Intel has created a Hadoop-based rig that analyses just about every network event in the company – four to six billion of them on business days - in close to real time so it can spot threats including industrial espionage. Intel officials declined to name the tool, saying it would not be "productive" to disclose its name, but …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2013
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Obama boosts military, 'black' and spook cyber forces

US President Barack Obama wants to increase spending on cyber security in his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2014, which starts in October. Obama said that he wanted to increase the military cyber forces led by the US Cyber Command and bump up funding for cyber security information sharing in the Department of Defense (DoD …
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Geolocation tech to save 60 Londoners from being run over next year

The Metropolitan Police will be using software from Croydon-based GGP Systems to analyse road traffic accidents in the capital, continuing a 30-year-old process to minimise road deaths. The plan is to reduce the number people being killed and seriously injured on London's roads by 40 per cent by 2020. That's Mayor Boris Johnson' …
Bill Ray, 12 Apr 2013

US unemployment dips below 8 per cent, but IT sector takes a hit

The economy in the United States added as many jobs as economists had been expecting and President Obama had been no doubt praying for, and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 per cent, the first time it has been below 8 per cent since the current Great Recession began in December 2007. The Bureau of Labor Statistics not only …
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Data retention a very hot potato says Oz parl't commitee

Data retention – something that governments around the world have scrambled to defend in the face of a daily diet of new revelations courtesy of whistleblower / leaker / traitor / hero Edward Snowden – doesn't have so many friends in the Australian Parliament. Update: Since the report was released, federal Attorney General Mark …
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Australian coalition promises digital pigeonhole for all

Australian coalition promises digital pigeonhole for all Policy document outlines procurement, industry assistance plans Australia's government-in-waiting opposition parties have released their “Policy for E-Government and the Digital Economy”. Available here as a PDF, the policy offers the following four “policy measures”: …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Sep 2013
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Cisco turns in solid June quarter

Networking giant and server upstart Cisco Systems hit the numbers between the eyes in its fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 ended in June, growing profits faster than revenues. The company's financial performance, despite intense competition, soft markets in many places around the globe, and skittish CEOs who are not sure how the …
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Hurricane Sandy blows away Google Nexus launch in New York

Incoming storm Hurricane Sandy has forced Google to cancel its latest event in New York and closed the country's stock exchanges. Hurricane Sandy map Google has launched its own crisis map of the region, compiled from NHC and US Naval Research Lab data as well as alerts and evacuation notices from weather.gov and earthquake. …

Dept o' Labor says US created more jobs than it thought this spring

The US economy has been humming along a little more strongly than the Department of Labor originally thought over the past few months – US companies added a lot more workers than expected in February and March, and did better than expected in the shiny new report for April, too. The first Friday of every month is when the Bureau …
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Cyberspies send ZOMBIES to steal DRUGS from medical research firms

Cyber-espionage crews have been targeting the lucrative medical and life science industries using custom malware and spear-phishing, according to new research. According to a current US counterintelligence report which it delivered to US Congress, healthcare services and medical equipment are expected to be two of the five …
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2013
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Job creation better than expected in the US

Some good news out of the US economy. Job creation was better than expected in September, according to a report released today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Better still, more jobs were apparently created in July and August than expected. The job count is done by the BLS using surveys of businesses, but the unemployment …
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Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

One week after Apple announced it was booting Google Maps from iOS and photographing the world with its own aerial fleet, a top US Senator has written to both companies expressing concern over their "military-grade spy planes." "Barbequing or sunbathing in your backyard shouldn't be a public event," said Senator Charles Schumer …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jun 2012
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Android app maker settles claims it exposed sensitive files

The maker of a peer-to-peer application for Android handsets has agreed to settle federal charges that it was likely to cause users to unwittingly expose sensitive files to other people using the app. Angel Leon, developer of FrostWire for Android, agreed to redesign the app after officials of the Federal Trade Commission …
Dan Goodin, 12 Oct 2011
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Unemployment rate inches up in the US

Economists were not expecting for the US economy to create a lot of jobs in June, but they did reckon north of 100,000 workers, net of layoffs, would be added to the labor pool last month. They guessed wrong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US economy only added 18,000 jobs, less than one-tenth the amount needed …
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EU pushes gov spending gravy train online

The EU has potentially granted millions of pine trees a stay of execution by launching a consultation on e-procurement for public sector goods and services. EU spending, together with that of national and local governments and administrations, is of course one of the biggest gravy trains on the planet. The prospect of electronic …
Joe Fay, 18 Oct 2010
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US chops 131,000 jobs in July

The US Census giveth, and the winding down of the census taketh away. If there is one lucky thing for President Obama, it is that the census occurred during an economic meltdown, allowing the US government to pump up jobs and mask some of the downturn in unemployment this year. But now the census and the $787bn Obama economic …
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NetApp perks up FAS2000, bigs up Vegas gig

NetApp is set to refresh its FAS 2000 line with a FAS 2240 system – needing the much-anticipated Data ONTAP 8.1 software. We understand there will be a FAS 2240-2 and and 2240-4, both rack-mounted systems. The 2240-2 uses a DS2246 shelf with the 2240-4 requiring the DS4243 shelf. The latter will support 3TB drives as will a …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2011
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Dell carves profit from slim revenue growth

Dell didn't dive as much as HP. Dell had lower sales than expected during the its first quarter of fiscal 2011, but it boasted a big profit boost, raising its expectations for revenues and earnings for the full year. HP, by contrast, is tightening its belt, while shaving $1bn to $1.5bn off of its revenue projections for the year …
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San Francisco dumps city data online

San Francisco is heaping raw government data onto the web in the hopes developers build iPhone apps for folks to complain about trees blocking their sidewalk and to Google restaurant health-code violations. The Bay city's freshly conjured website DataSF.org describes itself as a "central clearinghouse for datasets" published by …
Austin Modine, 19 Aug 2009
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Mainframes pump up profits at Unisys

Mainframe maker and services provider Unisys continues to improve its financial situation despite the loss of a major contract with the US Transportation Security Agency last fall. The currency exchange rate of the US dollar against other currencies in countries where Unisys does business didn't hurt matters, either. In the …
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Foxconn allegedly hid underage workers from inspectors

Apple faces increased pressure today after its manufacturing partner Foxconn was accused of using forced student labour and hiding underage workers during high-profile independent inspections last week. Foxconn also makes components for other manufacturers, but Apple is its most prominent customer. The Register spoke to Debby …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Feb 2012
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US adds 151,000 October jobs

Two somewhat good pieces of economic news might have helped the Obama Administration during election week had they come out before Black Red Tuesday rather than after it. The first was the $600bn quantitative easing (QE2) by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernacke announced the day after the election and the second was today's …
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Perot Systems top dog exits Dell

Peter Altabef – the former president and chief executive officer of Perot Systems and the person who has been running the combine Dell Services unit in the wake of the $3.9bn acquisition of Perot by Dell in September 2009 – has left the company. Now that the integration of Perot Systems is complete and Dell has a services …
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FTC warns 100 organisations over leaked P2P data

More than 100 organisations guilty of allowing private data to leak on P2P networks have received warning letters from US consumer watchdog the Federal Trade Commission. The leaked data – including customer and employee personal information – was left open to download after workers in the affected organisations decided to …
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2010
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Microsoft wins tasty US federal gov agency cloud contract

Microsoft secured a cloudy contract win with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday in its latest cat-and-mouse play with rival Google to score lucrative deals with government bodies Stateside. Just last week, Google scooped up 17,000 government drones from the US General Services Administration (GSA) as part of a …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2010
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Dell heading to court over Tennessee factory?

Residents of Lebanon, Tennessee are apparently none too happy with PC and server maker Dell. According to the Austin American-Statesman, legal action may be imminent. The paper quotes city council member William Farmer, who says the city of Lebanon and the surrounding Wilson County are mulling over a lawsuit against Dell, which …
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Feds move to uninstall bot that hit banks, airports, cops

The notorious Coreflood botnet has penetrated a veritable who's who of sensitive organizations, including banks, state and local governments, airports, defense contractors, and a police department, an FBI agent said in sworn testimony. An executive of one compromised hospital healthcare network found that 2,000 of its 14,000 …
Dan Goodin, 27 Apr 2011
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US job market still limp

The US economy added 103,000 non-farm jobs in December, but just as in November, American employers added significantly fewer jobs than economists had been expecting. In this case, those who make such prognostications had predicted 175,000 new jobs (net) to be created. The good news, according to the December jobs report …
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US burg renames self 'Google'

Google is looking for US locations to test its own ultra-high-speed fibre optic networks, and there's no city more eager to be chosen than Google, Kansas. Bill Bunten, mayor of the state capital formally known as Topeka, Kansas signed a proclamation on Monday temporarily renaming the city "Google" in an effort to convince the …
Austin Modine, 02 Mar 2010
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Former White House advisor wants cybercrime haven crackdown

A former White House security advisor has urged a crackdown on rogue states that serve as a "safe haven" for cybercrime, along with a fundamental rethink of internet architectures. Richard Clarke, who served as special advisor to the President George W Bush on cybersecurity, told delegates to the RSA Conference in London that …
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2010
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US companies added lots of jobs last month

A snowy January put hiring in the United States on ice, but it looks like things thawed out a bit in February. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the arm of the US Department of Labor that counts the employed, the unemployed, and that little-known third category of people who are neither, said last Friday that the US economy added …
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EU endorses telecoms talking shop super regulator

The EU parliament has reached an agreement on the details of the new regulatory body envisioned - and considerably diluted - by Viviane Reding, which should now come into existence in the next couple of months. The details differ little from what was expected, despite weeks of negotiation with the various regulatory bodies. The …
Bill Ray, 31 Mar 2009
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Huge 'vampyrus' bats being hunted to extinction

Scientists say that the world's largest bat, the six-foot Pteropus vampyrus, is threatened with extinction at the hands of bat hunters across the Far East. They have called for fewer bat-hunting permits to be issued by local governments. Despite the name, P vampyrus is not a blood-drinking bat like some South American species, …
Lewis Page, 26 Aug 2009
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BSA: Software piracy's 'tragic' impact on US society

The Business Software Alliance claimed yesterday that software piracy in the US is costing the industry $11.4bn and local government $1.7bn in lost taxes. The software multinational lobbying group reckoned that although four out of five pieces of software is legally bought in the US the remaining counterfeit material results in …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jul 2008
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US grants $47m for power grid smarts

US energy officials are handing out $47m of the county's economic stimulus package to speed up work on several "smart grid" technology test sites. The money comes out of a $3.9bn pool of grants aimed at modernizing the electrical grid. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that the money will go towards eight smart grid …
Austin Modine, 20 Jul 2009
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(Galway) Baywatch - IBM monitors Ireland's beaches

IBM and Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency are helping Irish bathers avoid floundering into a warm pool of industrial sludge with a website that tracks water quality and conditions across more than 130 beaches and lakes in the country. Along with An Taisce (AKA the National Trust for Ireland), the organizations are now …
Austin Modine, 04 Nov 2009
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Dell cuts North-Carolina plant despite $280m sweetener

Dell has settled a long-running dispute over a $280m incentives package to open shop in North Carolina by shutting the facility and cutting 905 jobs to control costs. Dell announced Wednesday it will close its disputed desktop computer manufacturing plant near Winston-Salem, North Carolina, by the end of January. The news …
Austin Modine, 08 Oct 2009
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IBM lubricates Obama's IT stimulus

For US companies, state and local governments, and educational institutions, figuring out how to get a piece of the Obama $787bn stimulus package is a drag - and a drag on business. And so, IBM has announced that it is fronting $2bn of its own financing in an effort to speed up IT-related projects that come under the American …
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New York serves AMD free Foundry lunch

As state and local governments across the U.S. starve for revenue during the ongoing financial meltdown, AMD and its Abu Dhabi-based partner, Advanced Technology Investment Co., were yesterday unanimously voted $1.2bn in tax and cash incentives from New York's Empire State Development Corp., according to a report published in …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Dec 2008

NEC, Nissan lob $1.1bn at 'lectric car battery biz

In the States, tech giants can't build their own electric-car-battery plant without begging the government for the money. But in Japan, things are different. According to a report from the Nikkei business daily - kindly flagged by Reuters - Nissan and NEC will invest at least $1.1bn in an effort to churn out lithium-ion …
Cade Metz, 29 Dec 2008
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Australia’s NBN too expensive: EIU

The headlines say all you need to know, surely? As reported all over the place, Australia’s NBN (National Broadband Network) has been rated as too expensive and relying too much on government support, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. Australia cherishes a characteristic called “cultural cringe”. A full explanation …
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China steps up assault on net cafes

China has announced a ban on the opening of new internet cafes, Reuters reports. Xinhua news agency today quoted a directive "jointly released by 14 government departments, including the Ministry of Culture", which declares: "In 2007, local governments must not sanction the opening of new internet bars." In addition, net cafes …
Lester Haines, 06 Mar 2007
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Word and Excel creator: How Gates, Jobs and HAL shaped Office

Films, according to Charles Simonyi – the man behind Microsoft's Word and Excel used by 500 million people – are great for showing the future of computing. Simonyi reckons Kubrick's seminal 2001 a Space Odyssey from the moon-landing days of 1969 foreshadows the kind of video calls now in Skype. Minority Report does much the …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2011